Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Assisted-living facility passes design review

34-bed facility set to open next spring in Hailey

Express Staff Writer

    The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday gave design-review approval to a planned 34-bed residential care facility.
    Garold Maxfield, CEO of The Cottages, based in Eagle, Idaho, said he expects the two-building, single-story facility to be enclosed by fall and open for business next spring.
    “Hailey is going to be a great place for us,” Maxfield said.
    Under the proposed plan, two single-story 11,407-square-foot buildings would be built on about two acres of land, on the corner of Roberta McKercher Boulevard and Main Street at the north end of town.
    The entrance to the facility will be marked by a 22-foot-tall clock tower. The grounds will feature a flag pole and gazebo.
    Maxfield said one of the buildings would be designed for independent living with some assisted-living services, including basic medical and certified nursing assistant care.
    The second building will contain a “memory care” unit, equipped with a security locking system, for those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
    The facility would be built in addition to the planned Safe Haven Health Care 80-bed assisted-living and skilled-nursing facility in Bellevue. Safe Haven’s facility will essentially replace Blaine Manor, the skilled-nursing facility operated by Blaine County at the south end of Hailey.
    Safe Haven is expected to provide 16 Medicare/Medicaid-eligible beds. The Cottages will be private pay only or available for patients with insurance coverage for long-term care.
    “The Cottages will be designed for the higher marketplace,” said Maxfield.
    “We are hoping to see some family members in Twin Falls and Boise who want to come back to the valley,” he said.
    The Cottages owns nine other assisted-living facilities in Idaho.

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